When I was in elementary school a popular thing during Eastertime was for parents to bring home little chicks and ducks from the pet store. My parents never did and I knew the reason why without them saying a word. Mysteriously, my friends' cute Easter pets would disappear once the holiday passed. After all, ducks and chickens are not usual suburban, household pets. One year my older brother who was in seventh grade, brought home for my little brother and me, two little yellow, fuzzy, chicks. They were so cute and we named them Pixie and Dixie after a popular cartoon of the time. Well, you know what happened … after Easter they disappeared and Dad took them to the farm.

Many years later and during his freshmen year of college, my eldest brother came home for Easter break with a darling little bunny. My parents must have thought not again, but they were very cool about it and allowed us to keep him as a pet. My brother did not want the common pink-eyed rabbit and he chose Easy with his black eyes, black nose and gray ears. He had a nice, spacious place to live as he had the run of the basement which was the footprint of the house. He was so smart that in a few days we had him trained to newspaper. He was a really cool pet and in the evenings he would lounge on our laps as we stroked his snow white, silky smooth fur. When Mom did laundry in the basement, Easy would hop in circles around her. He lived a quiet life for those first two years until we got a puppy … but you will have to wait for that story.

I did not have time to photograph all the decorating steps for this tutorial but you will get the idea!

Bunny Cookies
Bunny Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Peach with AmeriColor Deep Pink, AmeriColor Peach and AmeriColor Super Red
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Lavender with AmeriColor Fuchsia and AmeriColor Regal Purple
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing. Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in peach flood icing. Swirl toothpick to create rose design.
Pipe dots with #2 tip in green flood icing. Pull to create leaf design. 

Let dry overnight.

Decorate some cookies with similar design in purple.

Decorate some cookies with polka dots and rose design combo.




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EASTER COOKIES/ Easter Pastels

Who says Cutout Cookies are only for Christmas? Well, they definitely are an annual holiday tradition but I decided to make them for Easter. These bunnies, chicks, eggs and crosses look like spring decked out in pastel sugars. Of course, I used my standout cutout recipe.

Easter Cutout Cookies
3/4 cup Butter (1½ sticks), softened
2½ cups Flour
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
CK Sanding Sugar (Pink, Soft Blue, Pastel Pink, Lilac, Lavender)

Mix Butter until creamy. Add Sugar, Eggs, Baking Powder, Vanilla and half the Flour.
Add remaining Flour and mix just until incorporated.
Divide dough in two halves, wrap in plastic and chill for 2 hours.

Roll out and cut into shapes. Sprinkle with Sanding Sugar.

Bake at 375 for 7 to 8 minutes until edges are slightly golden brown. Makes 5-6 dozen.
[This recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Edition 1991] 




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Besides March Madness, the other big thing this month is St. Patrick's Day. It's the perfect excuse to wear green and party with friends on a day when everyone is Irish. For this post, I thought it would be fun to view some of the beautiful scenery from the Emerald Isle. The tour begins.

 County Map of Ireland (Source: Maproom.com)

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Scenic Countryside

Connemara, County Galway

Irish Roadway

Downtown Cork, County Cork

Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland

Street in Killarney, County Kerry

Donegal Coast, County Donegal

(Source: Pixabay)

I purchased this shamrock stencil last summer from The Cookie Countess and couldn't wait to use it.

Shamrock Cookies
Shamrock Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Shamrock Stencil
AmeriColor Airbrush Color (Leaf Green, Lemon Yellow, Orange)
Airbrush Kit 

It makes for a festive cookie to celebrate the wearin' of the green.
Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing
Flood cookie with cream icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on cookie.

Spray with various airbrush colors. Gently lift stencil.

Let dry 30 minutes.



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